9 Things You Should Know About Religious Freedom In Australia

Last Friday I attended  a conference on ‘Religious Freedom in a Multicultural World’, jointly hosted by the think-tank Freedom For Faith, and the University of Newcastle Law School (kudos to Associate Professor Neil Foster for organising it). The speakers included people from a variety of backgrounds, including the Australian Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson, former Anglican Archbishop of […]

Dear Makers Of “Gayby Baby”,

An Open Letter To The Producer and Director Of The Gayby Baby Documentary, Charlotte Mars and Maya Newell.

Dear Charlotte and Maya, My wife and I had the pleasure of viewing your documentary ‘Gayby Baby’at the Lismore Starcourt theatre on Friday night, followed by the live Q and A session with you both. It’s obviously been a big journey for you, and the families in the film, not least with everything that has happened in […]

How To Destroy Freedom One Wedding Cake At A Time.

Those Christian bigots are at it again. And this time it’s those Gun-Lovin’, Bible Thumpin’, Cousin’ Marryin’ conservative rednecks over in Indiana. On March 26th, Mike Pence (the Governor of Indiana) signed into law the state’s  Religious Freedom Restoration Act (or RFRA as it’s known). Many people got quite upset by this new law, and immediately both […]

The Things You Need To Know About Your Inner Nazi.

Dear Elizabeth, Thankyou for your recent article that appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald last week, entitled We all have our inner fascist: why it’s important to have the right to offend. It was a very thought-provoking read, and one which I was half tempted to frame and put on my wall: at least while reading the […]

When Your Words Can Kill You.

 “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.” – President Barack Obama, speaking at the UN General Assembly in 2012.  So it’s happened again. Another terrorist attack on Western soil. This time in France. According to intelligence site Stratorfor.com, the following took place on Wednesday: Three suspected Islamist militants attacked the […]

When Your Words Can Kill You.

 “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.” – President Barack Obama, speaking at the UN General Assembly in 2012.  So it’s happened again. Another terrorist attack on Western soil. This time in France. According to intelligence site Stratorfor.com, the following took place on Wednesday: Three suspected Islamist militants attacked the […]

Getting Rid of Christmas.

  I have just returned from an awards ceremony at my daughter’s public school. It was a great time of celebrating all the achievements of the children (and staff!), that have allowed the children to progress so well in their learning. It also involved the children presenting some song items. Including a Christmas carol. Now, when […]

Houston, Here’s my Sermon.

It’s been an interesting week for the name ‘Houston’. About a week and a half ago, a social media firestorm erupted when it was discovered that the city of Houston (Texas) issued subpoenas to 5 Houston pastors. The subpoenas demanded that the pastors hand over all sermons ‘prepared by, delivered by, revised by, or approved […]